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May 2014

friends of BPS, portraits

Friends Of BPS: NATASHA

26/05/2014
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Very few people in their lifetime can say that they are a published author and own their own publishing company. Even less people can say that at the age of 23 they have managed to not only write their first novel, but have it published and used in creative classes in America. BigPictureStuff chats to  Natasha Quaresma about her inspirations, dreams and the BigPictureStuff in her writing and her passions. Continue Reading…

England, travel

Nottinghill Retro London Fashion

23/05/2014
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Hello Dear Ones! 

I am happy to say that I am so very lucky to be back in one of my most favourite cities. London!

London has so much going on, so many things to see, things to eat, things to discover,  things to buy. Planning on visiting a vintage market today. Definitely will need to hold back from buying EVERYTHING.

Featured here is one of my few attempts at street photography and a few casual photos of Nottinghill. We had asked this lovely lady for directions (typical tourists) and being overly curious and talkative I asked where her bag was from. I mean, look at it (like really, scroll back up and look), don’t you reckon it’s one of the most perfect examples of upcycling old school and super cool fashion?

To my shock,  ladies and gentleman, this darling, super cool, super recyclable cassette bag, was not by a designer, not by some worker, not by a chain store but…..HANDMADE!

I was in proper awe, that someone could possibly be so amazingly talented and gifted to actually make their own bag.

I’m not sure if my attempts at making my own bag would be wearable but this lady seriously showed me anything is possible.

So I’m planning on searching my home for any super cool items which, which some help of some wire, I may be able to fashion together to something equally as cool.

Will be back to posting more content with you dear friends. Since assignments are over (yay! I survived a semester in Leeds!) I’m keeping my eyes on the BigPictureStuff  and would love for you to do the same!

Much Love
Val

val copyValerie Bong   –  Founder & Content Executive
Val is an Arts/Commerce student currently based in Leeds, UK. As a photographer and documenter she loves celebrating the beauty of the world. With her love for capturing special moments she specialises in fashion, wedding, family and event photography.

Website Twitter / Linkedin 

 

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To be a Lady: Lace and Kinki Gerlinki

18/05/2014
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 Shirt: Cotton On $10
Skirt: Kinki Gerlinki $25
Shoes: Novo $30
Necklace: Handmade by Emily

Hi there lovelies!

Generally, when we think of ‘lady like’ clothing, we think of lacy items, skirts and pieces that show off a certain level of feminity.(Is that a word?) While in the old days, ladies were restricted to wearing skirts and petticoats, we have thankfully  progressed beyond that. Now women have the choice to wear whatever their hearts’ desire! Sometimes I lean towards the ancient ideas of being a lady and like to pull out my lace and my favourite pink pencil skirt from Kinki Gerlinki. I think dressing up in pink and white, really helps to hide my more “un-lady like” habits, such as talking too loudly, taking large mouthfuls of food, and in this case, climbing trees.

It’s nice when the illusion of fashion covers the true nature of my ‘un-lady like’ being. But just a little thought here. I often think that being lady-like is often more of an attitude, especially when someone acts in an attitude of kindness and courtesy to others. There you go, a nugget of wisdom, from a girl who climbs trees in pencil skirts. (Take it as you will)

Another tip. When your photographer suggest to climb a tree, because it will make a good photo, always check if there are ants in it first.

Thanks for all the instagram and facebook love! We love bringing you new and interesting content, so make sure you keep coming back for more!

With love!
Vess

 

vess copy squareVANESSA BONG   –  Founder & Content Executive
Vess is a writer, graphic designer, illustrator and creative director based in Melbourne, Australia. Passionate about design, art, fashion and story telling her She has worked with a number of well known clients including the Melbourne Zoo, Kelly Thompson Illustrations and currently holds a position at SMASH enterprises as a junior designer.  Website Instagram

 

 

 

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WINTER STYLE

15/05/2014
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Outfit Details 

Jacket: Primark (10 pounds)
Scarf: Primark (2 pounds)
Collared Shirt: Second hand shop ($2)
Skirt: Malaysia (unknown price!)
Necklace: Malaysia
Shoes: Big W ($5)

Heya!

So  I’ve heard its getting colder in Melbourne and hence people are taking out their coats, jumpers (do they call sweaters in the UK?), scarfs and winter clothing to rug up against the wind and the rain. Perfect timing to show what I have been wearing while staying in Leeds, a wonderful place to get winter outfit ideas and the up and coming trends. Here I’m wearing my favourite coat from one of the most amazing places; PRIMARK. Seriously, it’s like Kmart on steroids where the latest trends and styles are sold at cheap and affordable prices at the quickest turnover rates. Being a girl who can not turn down a bargain, PRIMARK is a training ground for self control. Admittedly I am yet to enter and leave that place without having bought something (does anyone have the same problem?)! Hence, I only allow myself to enter that dreadfully wonderful place on rare occasions (much like Joseph running away from Potipher’s wife, I know my weaknesses).

This coat and scarf is from that very place! Double breasted jackets are one of the most stylish of fashion items and this coat is simply no exception. Here I’ve matched it with my thrifted black and white collared shirt and one of my favourite skirts to give it an almost preppy and quirky look. The great thing about this coat is the length. It looks great with both jeans and skirts as the hem line finishes just in the middle of my hip and knees making it the perfect balance between coat and jacket. The scarf I got for only 2 pounds (around $4 AUD!) and have seriously worn it everywhere! So much so, that my little sister is convinced I have no other items of clothing!

Hope you enjoyed Vess’ typography work, she is one very talented and amazing chickadee!

What are your favourite winter trends this season?

Much Love
Val

val copyValerie Bong   –  Founder & Content Executive
Val is an Arts/Commerce student currently based in Leeds, UK. As a photographer and documenter she loves celebrating the beauty of the world. With her love for capturing special moments she specialises in fashion, wedding, family and event photography.

Website Twitter / Linkedin 

 

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MOMO SUSHI CHALK LETTERING

13/05/2014
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“People who love to eat are always the best people.”
-Julia Child-

Hello Friends

There’s a few things that I throughly enjoy in life. Friendship, sunsets, fun times with family, a whole number of things. And well, food happens to be one of them. Especially food cooked with love and appreciation, food that’s tasty with loads of flavour, food that’s different and exciting to eat. But there’s one type of food that really takes the cake. And that’s Japanese food.

So when Melissa of Momo Sushi asked me to do chalk lettering on their wall, I jumped at the chance! Momo Sushis handrolls were absolutely delicious, and the quaint shop front based in Glenferrie road was so gorgeously designed that I couldn’t resist! We organised a meeting to decide on what lettering style we wanted, and also what quote we were going to place on the walls. Once that was decided, all that was left to do was to do the lettering!

We met up on a rainy Saturday afternoon, and I prepared myself to bring some typographic joy to the walls. Four hours, 2 sushi rolls, a green tea latte and a packet of wasabi later, I completed my design. Melissa was very satisfied with the result, and my stomach was very satisfied with all the Japanese goodies.

Hopefully this is only the start of more chalk lettering, and that I can do more lettering designs in the future! Also, I would love you to visit Momo Sushi and take a picture next to the chalk lettering and tag us on facebook or instagram! And while you’re there, make sure you have a green tea latte and a tea prawn hand roll for me!

With love
Vess

vess copy squareVANESSA BONG   –  Founder & Content Executive
Vess is a writer, graphic designer, illustrator and creative director based in Melbourne, Australia. Passionate about design, art, fashion and story telling her She has worked with a number of well known clients including the Melbourne Zoo, Kelly Thompson Illustrations and currently holds a position at SMASH enterprises as a junior designer.  Website Instagram

 

 

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MOMO Sushi
Established in 2009, MOMO sushi has perfected the art of sushi making to the highest quality. Stylishly attractive, quality food and a whole lot of fun,  MOMO Sushi will sure to become your favourite hangout joint to meet your green tea and handroll needs!
Website / Urban Spoon / Facebook / Twitter 
Shop 18/674-680 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn